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Full Size Bathtubs Pose a Safety Concern for Homeowners with Mobility Issues in Nova Scotia

 

For a homeowner with mobility issues stepping over the side of a bathtub can pose a serious concern. The threat of slipping or falling while unbalanced is a real fear, especially if they are the only ones at home.

Homeowners facing this situation generally no longer use their tub for baths. They may use an antiskid mat or stool inside the tub to provide more safety while washing.

It’s becoming extremely popular for homes to renovate their shower and bath area to accommodate those with mobility issues. People suffering from mobility issues have an increased sense of security when they no longer need to step over an 18”-24” tub wall.

Nova Scotia Bathroom renovation specialist, Beautiful Baths, has seen a big spike in accessibility bathroom renovations in the past few years, and not just for the elderly. Many are for those that have mobility issues whether it be from injury, back troubles or arthritis.

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Popular Accessibility Renovation Options

Most tubs in Nova Scotia homes are 5’ in length. Removing the old tube and replacing it with a walk-in shower base is the most popular accessibility renovation.

The barrier someone with mobility issues is required to get over and into the shower area can be as little as 1”. Far easier to get in and out of on your own when compared with a traditional bathtub.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Swapping your old tub for an accessible shower fitting is a quick renovation to create an accessible shower area. The height of the barrier to get into and out of the shower can be as low as 1″ or less.

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Grab bars and benches are popular additions for increased comfort and security. Grab bars are installed directly into the studs ensuring they are secure and can handle any accidental slips or falls that could occur.

Handheld showers are a popular option as they can be used standing up or sitting down.

Popular add-ons for accessible renovations:

  • Wall mounted grab bars
  • Handheld shower heads
  • Wall affixed benches or stools
  • Customized shelving systems

Don’t Sacrifice Style for Accessibility

While the home may be getting rid of the bathtub, it doesn’t have to give up on style. There are a variety of wall materials such as textured acrylic or ceramic tile to choose from, and the shower and faucet hardware can be selected to suit the style of the rest of the bathroom.

Costs & Timeframe for an Accessibility Renovation

Cost of an accessibility renovation ranges from $3500 and up. The cost is greatly determined by the materials you would like used when your old tub is removed and replaced. For example, acrylic walls take less time and are less expensive than ceramic tile.

Beautiful Baths offers risk-free in-home consultations to explain your options and design a customized quote for the home.

The time it takes to complete your renovation can be as little as just one day, even removing your old bathtub and walls.

Complimentary In-Home Consultation and EstimateBeautiful Baths offers risk-free in-home consultations to explain your options and design a customized quote for your home. Give us a call today at 902-434-8088 or submit the form here to book a time.

A Before & After Look At A Halifax Bathroom Renovation

Here is a recent renovation we did of an ensuite bathroom. Our client’s main concerns were the old dated bathtub and surround, the toilet that had succumbed to hard water stains, and the worn countertop and sink.

This job took about a day and a half from tear out to clean up. This included a full replacement of the wet area and installation of new fixtures and counters. Let’s take a look at each of these areas and see how they looked before and after.

Bathtub & Surround (Before)

The old bathtub and surround were functional but left a certain something to be desired. The tub itself was in decent condition but was fairly shallow and not the relaxing sanctuary to melt away your troubles that it should be. Matching the substance without style found in the tub, are the faucet and handle. Both in full working order but lacking that visual appeal.

The surround showed its age the most in the patterned tile with the unmistakable floral emblems. A remnant of the 1990’s and a stark reminder of the style atrocities that occurred at the end of the 20th century. Less charming is the mould growth on the grout and caulking, this is nearly inevitable in such a humid environment and difficult to remove once it has taken hold.

Sink & Countertop (Before)

The existing sink and countertop were both suffering heavily from wear and discolouration. These are common issues that eventually befall laminate and porcelain alike. Here we can see mild rusting of the drain and the seal around the sink.

We did find that the faucet assembly was a recent addition and was going to be to reinstalled in the new sink.

Toilet (Before)

The toilet was the biggest point of contention in the bathroom.

It had suffered from years of hard water, resulting in the unsightly staining we can see here. Once the inner surface of the toilet has degraded to this state, most times the only solution is replacement.

 

Bathtub & Surround (After)

You would be hard-pressed to know this was the same space had it not been laid out for you. With a complete replacement, we can see a stunning transformation of the tub and surround. The new bathtub is significantly deeper, with a slight slope to the back to allow you to sink fully into relaxation without sacrificing space. Also, you can see the ledges set in the sides of the tub that allow you to rest your arms without having to remove them from the water.

The new surround benefits from a groutless acrylic surface that gives you the same clean appearance of white subway tile without the hassle and extended drying time that comes with installing ceramic tile. The built-in shelving gives you a place to store bath products that isn’t the ledge of the tub. An often overlooked benefit of this is that water can become trapped along the edge, creating an opportune spot for mould to grow.

The new faucet is a lovely oiled bronze, the same as the existing sink faucet. Creating a sense of cohesion that pulls the overall feel of the bathroom together into a welcoming retreat rather than the utilitarian necessity it was.   

Sink & Countertop (After)

The faucet assembly feels much more in line with the elegance brought by the new marble-esque countertop and polished touch the squared backsplash adds. The real star though is the drop-in sink.

In addition to creating a beautiful smooth appearance, this feature makes cleaning the countertop so easy. No more worrying about build up on the seal between the sink and countertop.

Toilet (After)

A fresh new toilet is always a welcome addition to any bathroom, and this one is certainly no exception. Aside from the obvious bright, clean look this toilet totes a few extra features. The dual flush handle allows for water conservation, and the soft close lid prevents any chance of the lid or bowl becoming damaged from slamming shut.

Most interestingly the lip and seat section attaches to the back of the bowl with a set of quick release clips that pop in and out easily for cleaning.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to see a transformation like this in your own bathroom, please book an in-home estimate so we can discuss what we can do for you.

No matter what the current state of your bathroom is, or what your renovation budget might be we will work together to find a solution to make your bath beautiful again.

 

 

3 Ways To Beautify Your Drab Halifax Bathroom

At Beautiful Baths we believe that every bathroom is beautiful.

But we know that there can be a lot of pressure for homeowners to have a bathroom that conforms to “conventional beauty standards”. So if you want your bathroom to look and feel as beautiful as you know it is, we can help.

There are lots of options available to you to bring out your bathroom’s inner beauty. Let’s take a closer look at the three main types of renovations that we can do for your tub or shower, and surround, what we can “the wet area”.The type of renovation that will be best for the wet area of your bathroom depends on what sort of changes you would like to see.

Refinishing

Refinishing, resurfacing, or reglazing are all names for a quick and easy process that can return a damaged, or dingy tub to a condition just like new. We use a technique developed by tub refinishing innovators, Kott Koatings, that is free of harmful chemicals or acid etching. Make sure that if you choose to refinish your tub that your contractor does not use these sorts of substances as many have been found to be carcinogenic(cancer causing).

Refinishing can be applied to any part of the wet area, tub, shower, surround, tile, or even sinks. So if you are happy with the overall shape and style of the wet area, but perhaps it isn’t in the best condition due to hard water stains or a damaged surface, or maybe the old colour isn’t jiving with your new modern aesthetic, you might consider refinishing to give it an updated look and feel.

Refinishing is also a great way to freshen up your bathroom on a budget. Take a look at some of our refinishing projects in our gallery.

Acrylic Liners

This is a more well known option to most of us, but if you are unfamiliar the idea is simple. A new acrylic liner, and sometimes surround is custom made to fit the dimensions of the existing tub and fitted right over top.

We’ve all seen it offered by most bathroom contractors, and it’s easy to see why. What could be easier than slipping a brand new beautiful tub over that old unflattering setup? Well it certainly is an easy solution to get a new tub quickly with installation in just one day.

Our acrylic liners are custom made to fit perfectly over the existing wet area, and come with a lifetime warranty. Our liners can be made in many different colours and a variety of styles. However, with an acrylic liner you will not be able to gain any depth, as you are limited to the exact dimensions of your current bathtub.

So if you want the feel of a luxurious soaker tub, or maybe you are looking for something more accessible, you aren’t out of luck just yet.

Replacement

This is our most requested renovation as it allows the most flexibility as to what can be achieved for the look and function of your bathroom. When we replace the wet area of your bathroom, we remove everything and rebuild from the ground up with your vision in mind. So whatever you want to have in your new bathroom we will work with you to bring that dream to life.

If you are looking to have a larger deeper tub, because we know there’s nothing quite like lighting some candles, pouring a little wine (or a lot, we’re not here to judge) and taking a nice, long hot soak with some essential oils, and epsom salt, to ease the stress and tension of a long day. If that sounds like your kind of night, we’ve got you covered.

Maybe you aren’t the type for baths, that’s okay. We can remove that old tub and replace it with a brand new shower, whether it’s a stall style to maximize space in a small bathroom or you want a spacious shower with a rainfall head, and body sprayers to take your shower experience to the next level, we can do it all.

A growing concern for many homeowners is accessibility in the bathroom. If you or any members of the household have or are developing mobility restrictions we can redesign your bathroom with ease of use in mind. We have a number of showers that have a lower barrier or even barrier-free entry. We can also fit the new wet area with ease of use accessories such as benches, or grab bars that are attached directly to the wall studs for added safety and security.

This has a number of benefits aside from allowing you to get exactly the bathroom you’ve been dreaming of. When we remove the existing wet area we can inspect the condition of the surrounding walls and flooring for potential damage and replace if necessary. Most importantly though this allows us to evaluate the plumbing for any leaks that may have happened, or might be on the horizon. This is particularly important for older homes.

When compared to installing an acrylic liner, it is only a small increase in cost to completely replace the wet area and can most often be completed in one day as well, but the true value lies in the peace of mind knowing that you aren’t sitting on top of a possibly very expensive issue underneath the tub that would require a full replacement after all.

In the end, the option that leaves you satisfied and loving your new bathroom is the one that’s right for you. But if you aren’t sure we would love to give you a complimentary in home estimate, where we can go through your options together, or grab a copy of the Consumer’s Guide To Bathroom Renovations a wonderful resource where can learn more about these types of renovations.

 

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How Much Does a Bathroom Renovation Project Cost in Halifax?

 

If you are like most homeowners you probably have a lot of questions when it comes to bathroom renovations, and cost is likely at the top of your list. Unfortunately, there is no short, or easy answer. There is a multitude of factors that must be taken into consideration when you think about renovating your bathroom. Depending on what you feel needs updating or replacing in your bathroom, your costs could run from hundreds of dollars, to upwards of several thousand.

Refinishing and Acrylic Liners

For instance, maybe you have a beautiful soaker tub that you adore but the dusty rose colour just doesn’t match your modern subway tile backsplash. You don’t need to abandon it just yet, you could simply fit an acrylic liner over the existing tub giving you a fresh new feel with a modern look.

Alternatively, you could breathe new life into that old tub through a process of refinishing the surface using a time-proven method by Kott Koatings, free from any carcinogens or harmful chemicals.

The cost of an acrylic liner and tub surround starts around $3,000 and increases depending on the style and design of walls and shelving you’d like installed. To refinish your current tub the cost starts around $600.

Average Costs for Tub & Shower Renovations

Refinishing: $600 and up

Acrylic Liner: $3,000 and up

Full Tub and Surround Replacement: $3,000 and up

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Replacement

Perhaps your entire bathroom is hanging on to the era of feathered hair, or bell-bottoms and you however, are ready for an updated look. We can replace tubs, toilets, faucets, vanities, anything and everything you need to update your bathroom’s style to match your own.

While both refinishing and acrylic liners save you time and money as opposed to replacement, tub and surround replacement is still the most popular option for our customers as it allows us to see exactly what is happening below the surface.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Entirely replacing your tub and surround instead of covering over a new liner does not increase your cost that much. Removing the old tub entirely allows us to get a good look at what’s underneath your old tub and replace all of the plumbing from the floor up. This benefit outweighs the small increase in cost for most homeowners.

When we install a new tub for you, we remove the old tub and surround, including the old drywall, and drain assembly. This lets us see if there have been any leaks, or if there has been any other damage that will require our attention. This option provides you with the longest lasting results and is the only option that is sure to address underlying issues.

Cost to remove your old tub and surround then replace it with a new tub and surround starts around $3,000 and goes up depending on the style of tub, type of surround (acrylic, tile, stone) and any accessories you choose.

What’s the best option?

When it comes to your bathroom, you have a lot to think about. Are you looking for a quiet sanctuary? Are you always on the go and just want a quick stop to freshen up? What’s your budget? Do you have small children or anyone for whom accessibility would be a concern for in the home? These are all important questions to keep in mind when you are thinking about renovating your bathroom.

At Beautiful Baths we specialize in bathrooms, and we’d love to discuss your options with you during a free in home estimate. To book now call the number above or submit the form on this page and we’ll arrange a time that works for you.

Let’s make your bathroom beautiful again.

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Don’t trust the under the table bathroom renovator

Always trust a professional to do your bathroom renovation.At Beautiful baths our Installers are often called to  rescue customers who have fallen victim to an underground contractor. In this terrible situation,the so -called  installers (usually doing business from their trucks with a cel phone , without credentials  or a business address  provide their services on a cash-only, no-paperwork basis. While the initial price may seem like a bargain, the stress and additional expenses of a poorly installed job far outweigh any apparent savings.

Paying strictly in cash with no written agreement can pose a number of significant risks to homeowners. According to a recent report prepared for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), these include:The contractor may charge fees for work the homeowner didn’t agree to.
The homeowner has no means to back up his/her claims in court should a dispute arise after the work is completed.
The contractor may not be insured properly, which means his insurance policy might not cover damage to the home – or that of a neighbor.
The contractor may not follow building codes or municipal regulations.
The homeowner will be responsible for paying any additional costs necessary to bring the equipment installation up to the correct standards.
If there is an injury on the job, the homeowner could be held personally liable for medical or rehabilitation costs.

According to OHBA policy and communications manager Norma Kimmins in the Hamilton Spectator, January 18, 2011, “The consequences of paying cash under-the-table can be dire for homeowners. Consumers often do not have any legal recourse and could be subject to significant liability if an accident happens within the home. Illegal renovations introduce health and safety risks to construction workers and the homeowners who hire them.”

HIRING THE BEST CONTRACTOR FOR THE JOB

There are two common reasons why some BATHROOM RENOVATION projects get “out of control”:
•Many home owners accept a BATHROOM RENOVATORS estimate without checking out the BATHROOM RENOVATORS “track record” first. This process involves a few simple steps to determine if the BATHROOM RENOVATOR has both the skills and experience needed and a history of satisfied customers. Making sure that a BATHROOM RENOVATOR r consistently delivers professional results to customers is the best way to avoid hiring someone who “seems like a nice guy” but turns out to be the wrong person for the job. Contact the BBB and ask for references from previously satisfied customers.
BEAUTIFUL-BATHS has a A+ rating and all our BATHROOM INSTALLERS are factory trained.

• Often home owners, hoping to save money, hire non-professionals or a local handy man who offers to do the work without a contract, at a lower price, or to “forget the HST” if paid in cash. Not surprisingly, individuals who operate this way frequently short change customers by delivering shoddy or incomplete work and no warranty. And without a written contract, there’s not much the home owners can do about it. Get everything in writing for your protection and to eliminate miscommunication on the scope of the work to be done.
Avoiding these two mistakes will help you find the right BATHROOM RENOVATOR for your job.

SPRING BATHROOM RENOVATION

Have you like me, been experiencing the winter blahs? Well, spring has officially sprung and we all know what that means – time for our annual spring cleaning. Along with the usual spring cleaning tasks, many homeowners have the responsibility of updating and repairing things around their homes.
As more and more homeowners choose to stay at their current residence rather than purchase a new home, many are looking at various home improvement projects to improve the efficiency of their home as well aesthetics to protect their investment. One of the most visited rooms in a home is the bathroom.
A bathroom renovation is reported to provide the highest return on your investment and with spring around the corner, it is the ideal time to revitalize the look of your bathroom before the summer heat hits and visitors come knocking.
Being motivated to a complete a bathroom remodelling project when it’s so beautiful outside can be a challenge especially when all you really want to do is spend time with friends and family doing the things you love to do after such a drab winter.
Let the bathroom specialists at Beautiful baths remodelling eliminate that burden and help make your bathroom remodelling project a stress free and easy one. We can offer many solutions for your budget and best of all, you can trust beautiful baths to do all the work efficiently and professionally while you are out enjoying Spring with loved ones.
To begin the process simply contact Beautiful baths for a free in home estimate .Our professional bathroom consultants will visit and help you create the bathroom of your dreams on your budget.

HOME SHOWS ARE A GREAT PLACE FOR BATHROOM REMODELING IDEAS.

I love Home shows, I especially love the  ones held in March because  it makes me think Spring is on its way.
I enjoy  seeing and visiting all those different booths filled with professional exhibitors offering all the latest products to help give me ideas of what I can do within my home and of course my limited budget.
Visiting a home show is really a fantastic idea place to visit before you move forward in any bathroom remodeling. It is filled with knowledgeable professionals in all areas of home remodeling and bathroom renovation.
In regards to bathroom remodeling, you be able to see the newest shapes in bathroom basins, designer faucets that make a statement, tiles you’ve only dreamed of and loads of new eco -friendly bathroom products and ideas to save you water and energy.

So go ahead plan your perfect bathroom at the Show. There’s no better place to compare the best products on the market and take advantage of great show specials.The Ideal Home show is coming to the Halifax, Forum March 2-4th . Yours truly will be there so pop by my beautiful baths booth to say hello and let me help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

BATHROOM SINK FAUCETS

If you’re tackling a complete bathroom renovation, faucets seems almost unimportant in the grand scheme of things. But you should put the same thought into choosing your new bathroom sink faucet as you do that marble counter top or vessel sink, including understanding how your sink choices affect your faucet options. If you just want to perk up a tired old bathroom, a new faucet is a great and functional way to do it.
You may be shocked at the price of some bathroom sink faucets, but paying for quality now can save you a lot of future aggravation ,searching and paying for a plumber, or new faucets later. Look for solid-brass construction instead of plated metal, and check the warranty. If you need to pinch pennies, consider a different finish. Polished chrome is one of the most popular finishes because of its timeless color and least expensive price tag.

Bathroom sink faucets come in four basic varieties, based on the configuration of the sink on which they’re mounted: 8 inches, also called widespread; 4 inches; single hole; and wall mount. The first three can be mounted on the sink deck. If your sink has holes for a faucet, measure the span between the centers of the two outermost holes to determine which kind of faucet you need. If you have an under mounted or a vessel sink, you can choose a wall-mount faucet or put a deck-mounted faucet in the vanity counter top.
If you’re remodeling or just updating a tired bathroom, you can avoid busting the budget by keeping the same type of sink or by choosing one that can use the same kind of faucet. This will keep down your plumbing labour costs.

Most of the 8-inch or widespread faucets have three pieces, the tap and the hot and cold handles, which means some 8-inch faucets can fit holes not exactly 8 inches apart.
If the span is 4 inches, a 4-inch faucet is what you need. These usually have a base and come in one solid piece. Another option is a 4-inch mini-widespread — a seeming contradiction in terms — that comes in three pieces, like an 8-inch widespread, but it will fit a smaller bathroom sink with a shorter spread. Again, some of the mini-widespread models can be used with less-than-standard measurements.
Single-hole faucets have one stem and may have a single lever to control the water flow and temperature, or they may have two handles attached to a single spout. Either way, it needs only one hole for installation.
For a vessel sink, you can choose either a wall mount or a deck mount, and drill the appropriate holes in either the wall or the counter, respectively following the manufacturer’s guidelines but remaining flexible when it comes to vessel sinks and their faucets.
Some general rules for a wall-mount faucet .It should have a long enough tap to reach over the sink — ideally with the spout above the center of the bowl — and the tap should have a minimum of 1-inch clearance above the sink rim.

Configuration isn’t the only faucet decision you’ll need to consider. Design variations abound with today’s bathroom sink faucets, providing a great opportunity for coordinating with your other choices. Is your bathroom contemporary, rustic or traditional? As you can see, manufacturers offer products in all of these styles.

Your faucets should match or complement the tub faucets as well as other hardware in your bathroom, such as towel racks, hooks and the toilet paper holder. Choosing from a manufacturer’s design series can take away the guesswork when making your decisions.
If you don’t opt for exact matches between all your plumbing fixtures, stick with the same finish or color. And that brings you to an array of choices, from chrome, to polished or brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, brass, copper or even colors. Whichever you choose, consider how it will look with all your other design choices and pay close attention to the manufacturer’s warranty.
And, finally, like any other remodeling choice, you’ll be living with your bathroom faucet for a long time. So pick one you love.
By Jenny Nash

DIY BATHTUB REFINISHING KITS -PROS AND CONS

DO –IT-YOURSELF BATHTUB REFINISHING KITS

I have heard many horror stories and received many frantic telephone calls from DI-Your-selfers  who purchased a DIY Bathroom  Refinishing kit at their local hard ware store and decided they were up to the doing the job themselves to save some money. All of these jobs went poorly and the Bathtubs were left in a terrible peeling or yellowing state. The end result being that they not only needed a professional to rescue them but the job ended up costing more because now the Bathtub had to be stripped of the coating they put on before .

 

THE PRO’S OF REFINISHING KITS:

To be honest, there are not many points in favour of DIY Bathtub Refinishing, minus the cheap price tag and the fact that you can complete the job yourself in around your own schedule. , if you’re wanting to do the job correctly (and I’m sure you do), it requires a high skill level that the average weekend handyman just doesn’t have.

THE CON’S OF REFINISHING KITS:

  • In order to prepare the surface correctly, it needs be totally clean of all dirt, soap scum, caulking, calcium deposits, and any products that may have built up on the Bath Tubs surfaces from years of using hair and bathing products. The reason I mention this as a con is because it takes hours of scrubbing, using harsh cleaning chemicals, tools and scrubbers, using a straight edge razor, and a lot of patience to truly clean the surface properly.
  • If you purchase a home with a Bathtub that has had a DYI refinishing job you will need to work with a very harsh paint stripper to strip all the finish off in order to clean the Bathtub of all the old paint.
  • The use of harsh chemicals (such as Hydroflouric Acid compounds), fast-drying fibreglass body filler, various solvents and industrial-strength cleaning agents, and application of the Polyurethane topcoats and primers, provide a formidable opponent when the do-it-your -selfer is new to the game.
  • If you were to tackle Bathtub Refinishing yourself, you would need to wear an appropriate breathing apparatus (full face respirator) – one that would allow you to breathe comfortably, as well as be able to move around easily. You should also wear goggles, and rubber gloves.
  • You should be able to mix (and spray) urethane primer according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • You should be able to correctly mix (and spray) the Polyurethane topcoats to supplier specs.

My advice is to hire professional Bath tub technicians such as those employed with Beautiful Baths who use a non-toxic product ,are highly skilled refinishers with many years of experience to get the job done correctly and they offer a factory standard 5 year warranty although, your Refinished Bath Tub should last you at least 10 years.

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